The tattooed librarian

At Mental Floss, Jill Harness has gathered photos of 13 librarians with fantastic tattoos related to their choice of career.

Shhh, librarianA Tattooed Librarians and Archivists reader submitted this great pinup tattoo that she got to celebrate earning her Masters of Library and Information Science.

Books tattooAnyone who reads profusely has had someone, at some point, tell them “there’s more to life than books”—but, as any fan of The Smiths can tell you, “not much more.” This wonderful Smiths-inspired design was sent to Tattooed Librarians and Archivists by a library technician and MLIS student who works at a Bay Area high school and got the piece as a 31st birthday present. The artwork was done by Dan Gilsdorf at Tattoo 13 in Oakland.

The tattooed librarian

Alma AlexanderAlma Alexander in Village Books

The children of writers row on row

It was libraries, and then bookshops, increasingly so, as I grew to want to OWN the books I liked rather than having to give them back when I was done with them. But the serried ranks of books on shelves have always been a guiding star for me, a lure, a come-hither siren call that it has proved impossible to resist, or to shake off.

In the beginning it was the books that drew me, and much like modern kids who will tell you that milk comes from the supermarket I might have told you that books came from those shelves, that they grew there like strange fruit, fully formed, all those words between covers.

And then I started writing those words myself, and meeting other people who did the same, and the books changed into something else entirely. I began glimpsing the people behind the words, the faces behind the names on the book spines, the minds in which these stories originally grew and ripened and came to life.

And I do wonder, coming upon a book with my own name upon it on a bookstore shelf, how many other kids like me will look on these volumes and come to know, as I did once upon a time, that books are the children of writers, and they, the readers, become the children of those books – how many virtual grandchildren-readers my own story will give me, while on its travels out in the world. How many of you will turn my book over in your hands and think, oh, I think I might like this one, I’ll take it home with me tonight…

The Life, Death, And Afterlife Of The Mysterious “Flowers In The Attic” Author

Kate Aurthur of Buzz Feed reports on the remarkable story of the unknown wheelchair-bound writer who published a gothic teen-horror classic and became a phenomenon. Seven years later, she was dead, yet her name and legacy have lived on in nearly 70 subsequent books.

For the first time ever, her family and colleagues tell the story of V.C. Andrews’ unlikely rise to immortality.

VC Andrews posterThomas VanCleave / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed

The Ghost Of V.C. Andrews

Classic paintings animated by digital magic

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro brings paintings from Caravaggio to Rubens to life.

Classics bought to life

What a character needs

A great piece – this is a blog worth bookmarking if you have the remotest interest in writing and writers.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And the madness of toddlers. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.

25 Things A Great Character Needs

Jason Krell on io9 gives us…

Twelve quotes from authors to remember when starting your first book

Quotes for a first book
When working on your first book, you’re faced with an extremely daunting task. At times it will be a highly enjoyable venture, but much of it will be excruciating. There are moments where you might want to throw in the towel, or where you’ll feel completely lost. And when that happens just remember the wise words of the successful authors below:

e.g. “Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Quotes for authors of first books

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The first book

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